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Where did the German Koch family come from? What is the German Koch family crest and coat of arms? When did the Koch family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Koch family history?

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Koch family. The Koch surname is derived from the Latin word "coquus," which denotes the "art of cookery." Koch was originally an occupational name, for a cook.

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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Koch include Koch, Koche, Kochen, Koech, Koeche, Koechen, Coch, Coche, Cochen, Coech, Coeche, Coechen, Koechle, Koechly, Koechli, Kock, Kochs, Kocks and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the family made a considerable contribution to the feudal society which shaped modern Europe.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Koch research. Another 366 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1552, 1637, 1688, 1694, 1738, 1747, 1748, 1769, 1815, and 1852 are included under the topic Early Koch History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 124 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Koch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Koch Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anna Maria Koch, who came to New York City in 1709
  • Johann Koch arrived in America in 1709
  • Georg Ludwig Koch came to New York City in 1710
  • Jacob Koch, who arrived in North Carolina in 1722
  • Caspar Koch settled in Carolina in 1738


Koch Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Franz Lambert Koch, who arrived in America in 1814-1820
  • Philipp Koch, who arrived in America in 1825
  • Wendel Koch, who landed in America in 1825
  • Jorge Koch, who landed in America in 1826
  • Heinrich Koch, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1832


Koch Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Maria Eva Koch, aged 3, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Josephine Koch, who landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Paulina Koch, aged 5, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Robert Koch, aged 40, arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902
  • Mathilda Koch, aged 9, landed in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1902


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  • Howard Koch (1902-1995), American screen writer, he shared an Oscar for his writing on the movie "Casablanca"
  • Kenneth Koch (1925-2002), American poet, novelist, and playwright
  • Billy Koch, American baseball player
  • Edward Irving "Ed" Koch (1924-2003), American lawyer, politician, and political commentator
  • William Koch (b. 1974), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Christof Koch (b. 1956), American neuroscientist
  • Robert Koch (1843-1910), German bacteriologist, he discovered the cholera bacillus and the bacterial cause of anthrax
  • Carl Ludwig Koch (1778-1857), German entomologist and arachnologist
  • Karl Heinrich Emil Koch (1809-1879), German botanist
  • Wilhelm Daniel Joseph Koch (1771-1849), German physician and botanist

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  6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  7. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  8. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Koch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Koch Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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